Sunday, June 26, 2016

Little Pink Riding Hood

Sprog was invited to a birthday party for one of the girls at preschool. I don't know her so I asked their teachers and was told that she is a girly girl. I decided to make something for her, a pink cape, and because I could, with a hood. I did a bit of googling and came across the Red Riding Hood cape from I like working with fleece and fleece from the local emporium is cheap. Double win!

I also bought a length of pink sparkly gauze and some wide write ribbon. The basic cape is an easy sew. I made it more difficult by adding the gauze layer. The gauze moved a lot as I sewed. If I was to do it again, and I've had a request, I would cut the gauze a bit larger and baste the fleece edges in place before sewing seams to ensure  it didn't bunch during assembly. I finished all the edges with the white ribbon, and also used it over the join between hood and cape to make a clean seam, then extended it into a tying ribbon around the neck.

Sprog wouldn't model this one for me, (who knew he was so entrenched in gender traditions) so I made do.

The birthday girl liked it, the mother thought it was brilliant, and another mother has requested one!

Pink and Sparkly for the win!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Little boy pyjamas

Sprog needed some new shorts so I went shopping coming home with three pairs, but his favourite has to be the Star Wars shorts. He liked them so much that when he needed new pyjamas he said

"Mummy, I would like some Star Wars jammies. We will have to go 'round the shops and look, but if we can't find some we will have to make some."

Having found the free patterns on Melly Sews straightforward I went for the Lazy Day Pyjamas from Blank Slate Patterns. It has optional piping, but I liked the look and I'm pretty gung-ho about trying new things sewing so piping it was. I decided to make pyjama's for each of my sons.

Sprog chose his favourite of the Star Wars flannelette's on offer. Licensed fabric is expensive so Widget's fabric came from the clearance table. It was a choice of cowboys or sharks.  Husband was consulted. Cowboys won. They are really good brothers so I chose the same contrast red in order to let them "match". I couldn't find many piping options so they ended up with the same blue piping.


I had to redo the cuffs for Sprog as he couldn't get his hand though them. I must have cut the wrong size from the pattern. I french-seamed most of Sprogs' pyjama's

For Widget's Cowboy pyjama's I flat-felled as many seams as I could. There are little bits and pieces that I'm not happy with, but they feel so much more solid than their storebought pyjamas. They are my favourite pyjamas for each boy by far.